Children's social care

Children's social care guidance:

Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being...

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General Adoption applications generally arise in three situations: • when children are the subject of placement orders, usually in the context of care proceedings, see...

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Principles With the abolition of the power to apply for freeing orders, the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA 2002) introduced a framework for authorising the placement...

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Undocumented migrants claiming to be children While this Practice Note is not limited to unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC), this is the group...

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Changes were made in relation to appeals as a result of the introduction of the single Family Court with effect from 22 April 2014, see Practice Note: Appeals—general...

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Circumstances in which a special guardianship order may be made The court may make a special guardianship order (SGO): • as the result of a free-standing application by...

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Claim for asylum A claim for asylum includes a claim under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) where the applicant states that if removed to their...

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Care orders What is a care order and what is its purpose? A care order is an order granted by the family court which allows a designated local authority...

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STOP PRESS: Chapter 1 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (CASWA 2017) introduces an obligation on local authorities to consider additional needs, known as...

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This Practice Note is impacted by the decision of the UK on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU. This has implications for practitioners, inter alia, when considering which...

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This Practice Note is impacted by the decision of the UK on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU. This has implications for practitioners, inter alia, when considering which...

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Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being...

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This Practice Note details the circumstances in which a child may be a party to public law children proceedings, the procedure for the appointment of a children's...

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Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being...

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The welfare of more than one child In situations where the welfare of two children who have conflicting interests is inextricably linked, the court must decide whether...

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Planning for adoption and contact The issue of contact must be addressed in the social worker’s permanency report and also by the agency decision-maker. In the rare cases...

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